Utpal Borpujari

April 5, 2010

DVD Review: All Dogs Go to Heaven

By Utpal Borpujari

Don Bluth, a leading light of the animation world best known for his revolt against Disney Studios in the late 1980s, offers a mixed fare in the tale of a dog who returns from the gates of heaven to take revenge on his business partner who had bumped him off.

Voiced by Burt Reynolds, protagonist Charlie Barkin, a German Shepherd, is a criminal in New Orleans of the late 1930. In his revenge mission, he is aided by a little girl – the most endearing part of the movie populated by not-so-lovable dogs – who escapes from the clutches of Carface, Charlie’s former partner.

Rich in its colour palette, this film gives viewers a taste of animation from the UK. Fast paced and laced with a number of songs, it, though, could have better in execution.

All Dogs Go to Heaven; dir: Don Bluth; 81 mins; Rs 299; Shemaroo World Cinema/UTV World Movies

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 04-04-2010)

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